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MIT police honor fallen Officer Collier with scholarship


BOSTON ( -- MIT police are honoring fallen Officer Sean Collier by helping young recruits follow in his footsteps.

MIT police have established the Officer Sean Collier Self Sponsor Scholarship. Each year, the fund will help send one self-sponsored recruit through the Lowell Police Academy as a student officer, much like the path Collier himself took. June 2 will mark the inauguration of the scholarship.

Along with the fund, the recruit will receive a special MIT patch in Collier's memory.

Scholarship applications are due Jan. 24.

Applicants must:

  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Have received a Bachelor's degree or advanced degree in criminal justice from a college or university
  • Demonstrate community involvement
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development

The applicant must also be able to meet all of the IPA's entrance requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Possess a valid Massachusetts driver's license
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Pass a medical exam based on hrd requirements
  • Pass the physical abilities test
  • Pass a background investigation

The applicant must submit a package consisting of:

  • A resume
  • A letter of intent, describing how the applicant has served, and will serve, as an exemplary role model that would distinguish him/her from other applicants and honor the memory of officer collier
  • Two letters of reference

The scholarship committee will narrow applications based on those requirements. Finalists will be interviewed by the scholarship committee.

All application packages must be submitted in PDF form via email to: no later than Jan. 24, 2014.

Officer Collier was fatally shot while sitting inside his cruiser on April 18, 2013. Investigators accuse the alleged Boston Marathon bombers in Collier's slaying.